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All - I am proud to say that both my kids grew up playing this great game. Many asked how I started and how they stuck with it. The key was fun and not pushing. Here is how I got them started. I took them to the course and just let them swing any club. They missed constantly. I gave them a few tips to see if they made contact. Once they hit the ball the first time, they were hooked! I am not a tiger dad and neither is my wife. In fact, my wife does not play. Please let me know if anyone is interested in these tips for their kids or grandkids.
When did your children begin driving the golf cart? Alone? Assisted? @NatalieB has been driving the cart (steering, mostly) from about age six. It was part of what made golf fun for her. As soon as she could reach the pedals and steer enough (a year or so later), she's been driving the cart herself. For the first year or two we'd assist by having our foot on the brake or near the wheel, but for about four years (age 9 or so), she's pretty much been trusted to drive it herself. At first, not near dangerous areas (just fairways, not bridges, near steep slopes, etc.). I let her drive the Smart Car on private property last year by herself (I was in the passenger seat). I think she'll be a good driver.